Pandey, I. P. 2006. Literate lives across the digital divide, Computers and Composition 23:246–257 while the digital/electronic media allow me to beat the limits of time and place, they also implicate me in a new divide of global scale, limiting my practices only to one side of the divide although my literate behaviors on the digital front simultaneously shape and are shaped by those that lie clearly outside its purview
FOSS Education (1) <ul><li>Definition </li><ul><li>Theory and practices about on the concepts of FOSS, how to use and develop FOSS.
Transmitting all the knowledge , skills and values we have accumulated about FOSS to the masses. </li></ul></ul>Best teachers plant knowledge seeds that grow forever
FOSS education (2) <ul><li>Pertinent Questions: </li><ul><li>Are we having literacy across divides – in addition to digital literacy (divides)?
How can we adopt new literacies and adapt them to our literacies? Are all literacies adaptable ?
How do our digital literacies shape and are shaped by our contemporary literacies? What are we doing with/to our indigenous knowledge? </li></ul></ul>?
FOSS Education (3) <ul><li>Answers: </li><ul><li>Computer literacies using FOSS:- ability to use a computer to perform common tasks. </li><ul><li>Basics of operating system and office applications
Is there a predominant computing platform? </li></ul><li>Higher skills/literacies – programming </li><ul><li>Availability of source code
FOSS development methodology </li></ul></ul></ul>
FOSS Education (4) <ul><li>Answers </li><ul><li>Building a knowledge commons </li><ul><li>We have accumulated a lot of knowledge, that if we use the open source model to sharing it, we can solve almost all immediate problems that we are faced with. </li></ul><li>Using FOSS tools in all this (digital literacies, high level computing skills, knowledge commons) </li><ul><li>Educational packages
Ideas worth exploring <ul><li>Catch them when they are young. </li><ul><li>Although Apple tried it and failed, Microsoft is now doing it in SA. Will it fail?
We need to start teaching our kids about open software: </li><ul><li>Teach them computing skills, not programs
Differentiate between training and gaining an education
Educate the young mind for complexities and sophistication of the problem-solutions for the future </li></ul></ul></ul>
Ideas worth exploring (2) <ul><li>Most widely scientific and security computer applications are open source software. </li><ul><li>These are applications that we can use to improve the conditions of our populace
All we need is the open source approach to issues </li></ul></ul>
Ideas worth exploring (3) <ul><li>Walking with the teachers </li><ul><li>In most rural communities in Africa, teachers are highly regarded either because of the influence they have on the young minds, or because they are seen as anchors to knowledge.
Having them in the FOSS education movement will increase the interest in FOSS, FOSS education </li></ul></ul>
Ideas worth exploring (4) <ul><li>Walking with the communities. </li><ul><li>A participatory, all-inclusive approach to FOSS education would get us a long way. </li><ul><li>Should be driven from the communities needs
But also, shaped by what we envisage the future to look like. </li></ul></ul></ul>